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This piece first appeared on Five Thirty Eight on August 10, 2015. It is published here in its entirety with the author's permission. The primary season is here, the first Republican debates are in the books, and the presidential candidates are trying to persuade voters to support them. Persuasion...
An article by Eitan Hersh and Brian F. Schaffner (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), “Targeted Campaign Appeals and the Value of Ambiguity,” was published in the April issue of the Journal of Politics. Abstract: Political campaigns increasingly micro-target. Given detailed knowledge of voters’...
Abstract: In this paper we use an original data set to provide the first empirical analysis of the political economy of inherited wealth taxation that covers a significant number of countries and a long time frame (1816-2000). Our goal is to understand why, if inheritance taxes are often very old...
Research in Political Development (RIPD) working group seeks to provide constructive feedback on working projects focused on issues in American political development and historical institutionalism broadly construed. The meetings are intended to provide graduate students and faculty helpful,...
YaleNews sat down with Eitan Hersh, ISPS Resident Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Political Science, to talk about his new book, Hacking the Electorate. The book, published by Cambridge in June, examines how political campaigns use data to target voters. Public policy about data is a...
About 75 participants gathered at the Greenberg Center on Yale's campus yesterday to talk about Purchasing Power: Money, Politics and Inequality. Guests invited to the day-long conference included academics, think tanks and clean-elections advocacy groups, and journalists. The Honorable Chris...

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